Carly Rousso’s Attorney to Argue for Probation

Her lawyer says there are ‘extraordinary circumstances’ that should keep her out of prison.

Patch file photo
Patch file photo

Carly Rousso, who last week was found guilty of huffing a cleaning product before running over and killing a 5-year-old girl, should be sentenced to probation, her attorney is arguing, according to an article in the Daily Herald.

Rousso, 19, was found guilty on four counts of aggravated driving under the influence and pleaded guilty to one count of reckless homicide just before her trial started last week. In 2012, she huffed a cleaning product, got behind the wheel of her car, then drove across four lanes of Central Avenue in Highland Park and killed Jaclyn Santos-Sacramento, 5, who was walking with her family on the sidewalk.

Her attorney, Douglas Zeit, told the Herald that he believes there are “extraordinary circumstances” that merit a sentence of probation. She is facing three to 14 years in prison. Sentencing is set for July 10.

You can read the full Herald story here.

Stu Pidasso June 09, 2014 at 06:05 PM
Riiight!!! But most of these idiots on the boards here do not understand that concept.. No doubt it's a tragedy.. When is the last time you have seen a drunk driver who had killed someone receive a LIFE sentence??? NEVER!! ( If you have, Lets see it!! ) There is too much money to be made by the Liquor companies, who have strong Lobbys, to allow that to happen. Until the laws are rewritten, it is probably wiser for someone who wants to deliberately kill someone, to get drunk and run them over with their car instead of shooting them, thereby avoiding a Life sentence. just a thought
David June 09, 2014 at 06:20 PM
Here is another consideration. What if the driver has an alcohol or drug addiction? Since these are considered to be illnesses, theoretically the driver should not held to the same standard of a driver without an illness that can impair his/her driving. Maybe this points to the need for alcoholics and drug abusers to have their drivers licenses revoked, much like those subject to grand mal epilepsy seizures.
Dave June 09, 2014 at 08:55 PM
Drunk driver life sentence: http://m.mysanantonio.com/news/local/article/Habitual-drunken-driver-sentenced-to-life-for-5078572.php Drunk driver life sentence: http://abcnews.go.com/US/texas-man-life-sentence-ninth-dwi/story?id=11395058 Drunk driver life sentence: http://www.askmen.com/money/money-news_100/102_drunk-driver-jailed-for-life.html Drunk driver life sentence: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2012/03/drunk-driver-gets-life-sentence-in-car-collision-that-killed-couple.html There are others. There. You have it. Drunk driving HAS resulted in LIFE sentences.
Stu Pidasso June 10, 2014 at 12:13 AM
DAVE;Jorge Alberto Molina, 29 A drunk driver convicted of killing a husband and wife on New Year’s Eve in 2010 was sentenced to 33 years to life in prison. Molina had a PRIOR DUI CONVICTION!! Dave; you are not comparing the same. He was not A FIRST TIME OFFENDER, and he was given 33-Life which means he will be eligible for parole!! I REST MY CASE!!!
Dave June 10, 2014 at 12:52 AM
Whoa, hold the phone there, Stu...here's what YOU wrote: "When is the last time you have seen a drunk driver who had killed someone receive a LIFE sentence??? NEVER!! ( If you have, Lets see it!! )" You should have qualified your statement by stating drunk drivers who did NOT have previous convictions. You didn't. Also, many people sentenced to life are eligible for parole...you didn't specify life WITHOUT parole. Here's another one...he was sentenced to 20 years to LIFE: http://www.independent.com/news/2014/may/28/morua-sentenced-20-years-life-prison/ So, in summary, when you wrote: "When is the last time you have seen a drunk driver who had killed someone receive a LIFE sentence??? NEVER!! ( If you have, Lets see it!! )", you were inaccurate with your generalization. A more accurate statement would be: "When is the last time you saw a drunk driver CONVICTED FOR THE FIRST TIME for killing someone receive a LIFE sentence WITHOUT PAROLE??? NEVER!!" I rest MY case.


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